Tunnel Vision is quickly becoming Southern California’s favorite new Surf, Reggae, Ska band. The band is comprised of five San Clemente musicians who grew up with instruments in their hands and skateboards and surfboards under their feet. Tunnel Vision originally formed as a three-piece band, with Hayden Hanson as the lead singer and guitarist, Jacob Hernandez on bass, and Tanner Payan on drums and additional vocals. The three have been long time friends, who grew up in South San Clemente’s Trestles neighborhood surfing waves and riding concrete bowls.
Growing up in SoCal, the band was heavily influenced by the Punk Rock, Reggae and Ska Music of bands like Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, NoFX, Rancid and Mad Caddies. The boys have all worked in the surf industry for years, starting out in retail for Rip Curl and moving on to manufacturing surfboards for Lost Enterprises.
Tunnel Vision recently increased the band from a three-piece to a five-piece by adding ex pro-snowboarder Joshua Scott and Matt Risley. Josh brings saxophone, trumpet, harmonica, keyboards and back-up vocals to Tunnel Vision. Matt Risely met the guys through his connections with Lost’s retail store Catalyst and comes down from his mountain cabin with his wolf in tow and plays keyboards with the band.
Tunnel Vision had the opportunity to lay down a few of their songs with Davey Warsop at the Hurley Studios, which enabled them to get their songs like Liquid Fun, Time Flies and Tunnel Vision recorded and professionally mastered. The boys are hoping to get back in the Hurley Studios to finish off the rest of the album with song titles like Surf Heist, Skateboard, SC Dub, Tubes and The Cabo Song. Their Cabo Song was inspired by a surf trip that was generated by their jobs with Lost.
In 2013, Lost sent the boys down to Cabo for The Cabo San Lucas ASP Surf Contest and to perform at venues around the contest. The song tells the story about their adventure in Cabo with surf pros like Chris Ward and Mason Ho. Then to top it all off this year they were offered the opportunity to caravan down to Cabo with a group of eight bands, road tripping the San Diego to Cabo route and then finish the journey off with playing the main stage at Zipper’s. Tunnel Vision was able to finish out their set in Cabo playing The Cabo Song. The whole caravan to Cabo trip and all the antics that went along with it, was filmed by a local film crew and will be available on a DVD later this year.
Tunnel Vision also recently did a mini East Coast tour sidelining with surfboard shaper Matt Biolas, and Mike Reola of the Lost crew. The boys are hoping to continue with their love of music, travel, surfing and skating with groups like Surfrider, Jack Johnson’s All at Once Foundation and The Tony Hawk Foundation. And also with Project Clean Uluwatus, which helps spread the word with music and actions about keeping our oceans pristine, and bringing board sports and music to others around the globe.
You can hear some of Tunnel Vision’s music now at www.tunnelvisionsc.com Make sure to sign up for their email list and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Also, check out their calendar for upcoming shows including San Clemente’s own Fiesta Days performance and the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club’s 30th Annual Coalition Contest at the Oceanside Amphitheater.
Tunnel Vision Contact: Alicia Hanson